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this from john, i sure hope not, as clint eastwood so honestly stated, when you have an employee that doesn't do his job. you have to let him go. and this from james, it depends on who president obama says tonight. and if his speech is as good as his wife's speech and as informative as president clinton's speech, he will win in november. keep the conversation going. thank you for your comments. and thank you for joining me this morning. i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. thank you very much. hi, everybody. good to see you. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west coast. let's get down to business. whatever happens in november, whatever happens tonight in charlotte is something that barack obama will never do again, accept his party's nomination for president. you cannot turn on your television or fire up your computer without hearing what mr. obama must do on the closing night of the democratic convention. but it mostly boils down to
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this -- top bill. bill clinton. or at least live up to the set-up that was delivered in vintage bill clinton fashion on actually a night that typically belongs to the running mate. but do not fret for mr. joe biden. he, too, will be on the marquee for tonight. and watching it tonight is cnn's dana bash. dana, you just don't sleep. i see you working until 2:00 in the morning and up again at 5:00 a.m. for the morning shows. so many people say these speeches mean everything. some people say they mean nothing. others say, it's just all about the undecided voters on the other side of the tv lens. >> reporter: you know what, i honestly think the answer is somewhere in the middle of all that. when you talk about undecided voters, the problem both parties have is that pool is very, very, very small which is why i think in both conventions, you're seeing a real -- you have seen a
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real attempt to galvanize in base. but in terms of what bill clinton did was both. he talked a lot about the idea that you can work across party lines. he talked about his work with republicans in congress when he was president. he talked about his work with former republican presidents since he has left. that is no question a way to appeal to independent voters who are fed up with both parties and don't think politicians can get anything right. but then, of course, nobody can fire up the base like bill clinton. he is by far the most beloved democrat alive right now. and that was absolutely a big part of the goal of his speech last night. >> and you know, dana, he really seemed to harness the republican battlecry right now that perhaps bill clinton is the republican's secret weapon because he will outshine president obama or he will prove to people that perhaps president obama isn't bill clinton. what did bill do? he tackled it head-on. take a look.
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>> president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. >> that was pretty clear. there's bill clinton, humble bill, saying obama's better than i am. >> reporter: i'm so glad you played that sound bite, ashleigh. when you talk to obama campaign officials, particularly before president clinton's speech last night, that was the crux of the message that they were desperate for him to get across for president obama on his behalf and on behalf of his campaign because you listened to speech after speech after speech in tampa last week of republicans. you look at their ads. you listened to mitt romney and paul ryan on the campaign trail. all they say over and over
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again, it's the theme, you should be better off than you were four years ago and you're not. and that was the validater in chief in bill clinton saying, there's no way. look at me, i have experience. i was there at times of record prosperity and i'm here to tell you that things were so bad when president obama took office, there's just no way. so that was a really, really key moment, key sound bite for the obama campaign for clinton to deliver. >> regardless of your speaking style, regardless of whether you can fire people up, there are so many different talents that come out of speakers. one of the things i noticed last night was the clarity of the message and the conciseness of the message, especially when it came to how bill clinton summarized what he thought the republican case was all about. have a listen. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president reelection was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this -- we left him a total mess.
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he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough. so fire him and put us back in. >> so obviously that was just so pointed. and i don't think i'd heard anybody in the democratic party put it so simply. >> reporter: absolutely not, which is why he gave that speech last night. senator chuck schum was here in the cnn grill this morning on with soledad o'brien and a few of us. he said, if you think of politicians like scientists, there are scientists and then there's albert einstein. even republicans believe that bill clinton is the albert einstein of politics. bill clinton is really a communicator when it comes to message. but i think what we're going to see tonight is barack obama the orator. that has been a big criticism of the president -- the current president, that he can spooej speak in soaring terms and he can get people riled up and
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feeling emotional. but when it comes to communicating the very important message that he has needed to communicate over the past four years about how tough the economy is and why it's been hard for him to bring people up to where they want to be, that's what bill clinton did like nobody else can do. >> the bromance, the hug. that hug at the end. is this a transactional reconciliation as it was referred to in "the new york times" or is this true love? >> reporter: i think it's somewhere in the middle. i think they're starting to get to know each other. it has been a very slow development of a relationship over the past couple of years. look, bill clinton, anybody who knows him will tell you this. he needs to be needed. he wants to be needed. he knows that he is really good at this. and president obama and his team have been reaching out to him more and more. you saw how much he basked in the need to be needed in the response he got. >> dana bash, thank you so much. live in charlotte, north carolina, for us.
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there have been some memorable moments and amazing speeches. but there's also been a wee bit of controversy at the democratic national convention. it was pretty much front and center, literally, on stage yesterday. the contention, the confusion, the chaos over the party's platform can be summed up with two words -- god and jerusalem. the chairman of the democratic convention and the mayor of los angeles, antonio villaraigosa, joins me live. i want to get to the news of bill clinton on stage, wow, he got a lot of really high praise across the board. it's a two-part question for you as we go and we listen to a quick excerpt. as you listen to these, mr. mayor, i want you to answer the question afterwards, was it so good that it might have been too good and too tough an act to follow? >> i want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside.
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but who burns for america on the inside. and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. >> mayor villaraigosa, the crowd went wild, look at you. you're still basking in it as well. it's no secret the republicans have said that might be their secret weapon because it might be hard to follow and it also might remind people that president obama is not president clinton. your thoughts? >> actually, it's going to be an absolute assistance to the president. this was a shot in the arm that was a rocket launch, if you will. president clinton is not just a great orator, he's a great teacher. in many ways, it wasn't just a great speech. it was a very simple explanation
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of how we got here, the free fall that we were in as an economy, what president obama did to put the brakes on that free fall. and i thought it was an amazing, amazing speech. you know, the fact is, you guys have been talking a lot about enthusiasm and whether or not it was absent. we saw it on tuesday with michelle obama. we saw it last night with president clinton. we saw it when the two of them came together. let me tell you, there's no question in my mind that president clinton helped send this campaign over the top. and i can tell you that president obama will take it over the top. the two of them have very similar policies. both of them inherited a bush failed policy of deficits. both of them working hard to bring back their economies. in the case of mr. clinton, he made something really clear. although he had high deficits
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and although he had a very poor economy, it was nothing, nothing compared to -- >> and he certainly made that case on the stage last night without question. i want to switch to another little issue leading up to -- i'm sure you are probably sick to death of hearing about it and being asked about it. but i have task you about it. it was that very unusual moment where you were all of a sudden thrust from the role of parliamentian. you are a mayor, not a parliamentian. but it was that vote. it was the reintroduction of the platform planks that were missing, the word god and jerusalem being the capital of israel. then was the vote, yea or nay. >> it requires a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. all those delegates in favor say aye. all those delegates opposed say no. in the opinion of the -- let me do that again.
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all those delegates opposed say no. i guess -- >> this was tough stuff. let me tell you, i watched this live. i saw you trying to figure out -- this wasn't what we expected. so, mr. mayor, we have this final vote with the aye and the no. and it sounded to me, the viewer who wasn't in the auditorium, like it was 50/50. but you decided to adopt yes. to questions for you -- are you going to face trouble for that and how did we end up in this situation in the first place? how did that platform end up missing those critical elements? >> first of all, i'm proud that we have a president of the united states with the courage of his convictions who expects that the party platform -- he is not just the president of the united states, but the leader of our party, to reflect his values and his policies.
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wanted to make sure that god and jerusalem were both in our party platform. and i couldn't be prouder that he did. with respect to that vote, it's real simple. i wanted to make absolutely sure that we had a two-thirds vote on a voice vote. >> are you absolutely sure it was two-thirds? >> i'm the speaker -- i used to be the speaker of the california state assembly. and what i know is this -- it was my prerogative to make that decision. i did. people had ten minutes to object. nobody did. they could have formally objected. people know the rules. nobody objected. and they didn't because in a lot of ways what happens here, people are just having fun. and when they saw that i wasn't absolutely sure, i don't think anybody was, that there was more than just a majority there, people -- >> i'm fascinated when you say no one formally objected because we saw people in the audience literally up in arms and screaming.
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it's interesting that you say there are no formal objections. >> nobly formally objected. >> mr. mayor, how did we end up here? those platforms come into the room just like they were four years before. someone has to physically take the language out. we are not getting that information from the dnc. who did it and as john king says, who's about to become the deputy press secretary in guam for doing that? >> look, i don't have that information. i was just told about this a few minutes before i walked on the stage. i made a decision. i stand by that decision. nobody in the 6,000 delegates who had an opportunity, nobody objected to it. the notion that we wouldn't have god and jerusalem in our platform boggles my mind. i can't defend that. what i will defend is what i did. as i said, i had the job of making that decision. i made it. >> well, i just want to let people know in case they've been
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wondering what the actual language is with regard to jerusalem as you just referenced, jerusalem is and will remain the capital of israel. the parties have agreed that jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. it should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. clearly that's not going to sit well with everyone in the democratic party. >> it sits well with me. >> i guess so. so i saw. >> and it sits well with the delegates. and most importantly and as importantly, it sits well with the president of t united states. look, mr. romney's run away from his party plank which talks about opposing abortion and etch in the case of rape and incest, he says that's not his position. >> i have to leave it there only because you and i have already talked seven minutes straight on these issues. it just means you have to come back, mayor. will you do that? >> i want to do that, ashleigh. >> great to talk to you again,
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oh, to be a fly on the wall as president obama is putting the final touches on the speech that he's going to deliver to us all tonight at the democratic national convention. the speech that's arguably the most important of his political career. any president wants his words to endure beyond his time in office and become part of the nation's consciousness, right? like say the words of lincoln from the getty sburg address. gives you chills, doesn't it? and then there are these moments. take a listen. >> let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. >> my fellow americans, ask not
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what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> how do you craft a speech like those? and is that really even the mission for tonight, more importantly? joining me now is cnn contributor and former chief spee speechwriter for mayor giuliani. john avlon, what's the mission tonight? >> this speech isn't about history. but it is an important speech. right now, barack obama is meeting with his speechwriters, senior aides, crafting those lines. but this is primarily a political speech, about trying to finalize a sale to people watching at home. he has to win over some of those
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undecideds. and meet the case that he deserves reelection. this isn't about history. tonight is about politics but it's about as high-stakes politics as exists. >> and getting through to everybody on the other side of the lens. this is your business, this is what you have done for so long. you've written for these iconic people. is it about the speech? is it the words? or is it the circumstance that these people are in? i'm thinking, there was reagan at the end of the cold war. and there's lincoln in the civil war. what's the issue here? the circumstance or the words? >> great speeches motivate and they elevate. they need to do both. but a historic speech has to be about the man meeting the moment. it really is about the circumstance. that's what compels greatness. that's what compels -- when the audience needs to hear words of leadership and reassurance. that's not about words. that's about the man meeting the
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moment. >> the gettysburg address, i wrote that lincoln wrote it on a napkin on a train on his way there. >> it's a great story and more importantly it's a great speech. what's miraculous about that address is my mind is that it's only 272 words. he took 272 words to essentially rededicate the nation and take the declaration of independence and update it for our nation in the midst of a civil war. it's an amazing document, inspired a whole book. 272 words, that's a high bar. >> and the napkin story was trumped by the envelope that it was written on an envelope. and that's not true either, is it? >> no. it's not. but there are so many great stories. speechwriters, we love words, we
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love politics. but there's one great other story i'll share with you. that iconic, mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall speech, there was a huge fight between reagan's speechwriting staff and the state department. the state department wanted that line taken out of the speech. they thought it was unnecessarily provocative. reagan ultimately overrode his state department. that's why it stayed in the speech and that's why we have that bit of american speechwriting history today. >> if you were tasked with having to add to or craft the first draft for something for president obama tonight -- you wrote the book about independent voters. knowing your mission has to reach them, is there something in particular you would do? what would you do? >> honestly, i would go beyond making a case about the past. he's got to lay out a clear second-term agenda. it's not about feeling your pain. it's about a prescription for
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the future. he's got to offer policy specifics. lay out a vision of the future when he leaves office after eight years. saying more of the same isn't going to cut it. he has to lay out a specific argument about a specific agenda for a second term that can resonate with these centrists and undecided voters. >> my advice is the tv person who likes good sound bites says, please, no more platitudes, they make me exhausted. john avlon, great to see you. >> exactly. >> thank you, sir. been working some long hours down there. john avlon joining us live. you can also watch the president's speech right here live on cnn. we're going to begin our final night of dnc coverage at 7:00 with the lovely and talented wolf blitzer and anderson cooper. make sure you tune in. i was spotting, but i had already gone through menopause. these symptoms may be nothing... but they could be early warning signs of a gynecologic cancer, such as cervical, ovarian, or uterine cancer. feeling bloated for no reason. that's what i remember. seeing my doctor probably saved my life.
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president clinton may have brought down the house by a lot of accounts, but the real show is tonight. president obama, who's going to take center stage at the time warner arena. right here, there's the podium. lots of last-minute check-ups and the audio, it has to be perfect. this is where he'll accept his party's nomination for a second term and where he'll be introduced by his vice president, joe biden. our cnn political editor, paul steinhauser, live from outside the cnn grill. we just heard from john avlon who was real clear about what he doesn't need to do. he doesn't need to get in the
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record books, doesn't need to make history tonight in terms of eloquent prose. but he does need to do something very specific. what is it? >> reporter: that is true. and it's lay out policy. what will he do in the next four years if he's reelected? this speech comes on the day, we are two months away to the day from the election. this is by far going to be his biggest speech in his reelection bid. i spoke to an obama campaign adviser earlier this morning who told me the president will lay out the economic choice in this election with a heavy focus on his economic position. and the speech will include specific goals of what he would do on the economy if reelected. that's the key here. take a look at this, our most recent poll from a few days ago. who has the better vision for the country right now? look at this. the numbers are split with maybe romney having a slight advantage. that's why this speech is so important tonight for the president. >> it's also important for vice president biden to do a good job introducing.
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this isn't the traditional kind of introduction. he was supposed to be last night if you did the traditional kind of layout. but what is most important for the vice president? to be an attack dog or to stay off the daily show and stay out of republican ads for making gaffes? >> reporter: yeah, i guess you could say both. you bring up a good point. traditionally, the vice president's address is on the night before. but i guess the former president bumped him into an earlier 9:00 speech tonight, 9:00 eastern. i think you're going to see vice president biden be the attack dog. that is the traditional role of a running mate. we saw paul ryan do it last week in tampa. i think you'll see him do it again tonight. and maybe -- if he thinks about running in 2016, people will start talk about this speech being -- they'll listen for any kind of hints. but his mission tonight is to try to bring down the republican ticket. >> tomorrow, we're getting really important numbers, the monthly jobs report comes out. some of the predictions are good. there have been some reports out
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today that look pretty good. but that can always change. if we have something terrible tomorrow, does the last week that we just had disappear? >> reporter: it doesn't help. it could really stunt whatever momentum is coming out of here because that will instantly be the story line. if it's a good number or kind of what we've seen over the last couple of months, it may not stunt it as much. that's why this report -- these jobs reports are so crucial. this one coming out tomorrow morning may be more important than all the rest. the republicans are emphasizing that report. take a listen to governor bob bonld w mcdonald. >> the president is going to deliver a great speech tomorrow. we'll wake up with a jobs report that will show 43 consecutive months with unemployment over 8%. at the end of the day, the american people don't think we're better off than we were four years ago.
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>> reporter: that's what the republicans are going to say. beautiful speeches here in charlotte but the real story is the company. we'll find out tomorrow what that jobs number is. >> i've heard a lot of people talk about the critical essence of a bump coming out of a convention. there was a slight bump from the republican convention. who knows what's going to happen. i know you have your machines going for polling on this. but most importantly, paul, is it different no there's just so much media saturation. is it different now? does the bump actually not exist in the same way it did decades prior? are we just streaming ahead in the tightest race ever? i think you always call it all knotted up. is that just the way it's going to be right through till november? >> reporter: good points here. the bumps we used to see in yesteryear, don't exist anymore. the last two cycles, there wasn't much of a bump coming out of the convention.
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and since 2008, these conventions are stacked right after each other. that negates the bump. the bumps of yesteryear don't really exist anymore. it appears it will continue to be a very tight race, up until november 6th. but anything can happen. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. live from outside the cnn grill in charlotte. also make sure you tune in tonight, 7:00 p.m. eastern, can't tell you enough times, complete coverage begins at the dnc here at 7:00 with wolf blitzer and anderson cooper and our awesome team. also on sunday, something very special for you, i will tell you this often and over and over again. a behind-the-scenes look at both of our presidential candidates. these are exhaustive looks at their record, at their families, at their lives, at their perspectives. 8:00 p.m. eastern, "romney revealed." it's followed by "obama revealed," the man, the president. i urge you, watch. you will be a better voter. great shot.
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just civilians just like you. they're really ragtag. they have basically nothing, no military training. they don't have the big guns and the tanks like the government enemy they're fighting. take a look. they got what they got basically. and this is street to street. this is pretty much as brutal as it gets, folks, when it comes to war. it resembles, strangely enough, scenes from world war ii. that is how brutal this has become. and our colleague, cnn's nick payton walsh, put his life in danger. he went right into the middle of of this crap in aleppo. he stayed there for several days. and he followed the rebels to see for himself whether their stories are true or not. in the besiege of aleppo now, we bring you his extraordinary report, only on cnn. >> reporter: the new dead lie next to the old. aleppo's old city, thousands of
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years in the making. rebel forces push into vital terrain and fight in syria's commercial capital towards a key police station. they mass in number. chaos but also bravery. they move to retrieve an injured rebel at the for front. somehow, the superior regime firepower lets them escape with their wounded.
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when we rejoin them a few days later, they have fallen back the 100 feet they gained. civilians in uniform. they're taking pot shots at nothing in particular. goading their enemy with revolutionary song, even offering them a number to call if they want to defect. but they can't advance again. it's not just the regime's bomber jets that hold them back. up on the roof, we see how snipers, deadly accurate here, can freeze the front lines. in this historic part of the city, the rebels are trying to inch forward but so often pushed back by government forces.
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in this case, held back by a government sniper positioned in the buildings opposite us. even from the rebel sniper positions, the regime is close but well dig in. this man was a conscript years ago but is now an electrician. a sniper is shooting at them. and he moves across the road to take him out. but his discipline and marksmanship is the exception. he thinks he got him. it's the older men here who are in charge. hakeem tells me his brigade has given up on outside help from the west. this is our final word, he says. we don't want any help from anybody. we're no longer waiting and we have the means to topple the regime. he outlines a plan to the men.
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shortly afterwards, this bus appears. one rebel tells us they plan to fill it with explosives, then tie a prisoner's hands to the wheel and force him to die driving the bus bomb at the regime. but even though we saw the brigade take prisoners earlier, that doesn't happen here and the bus leaves. a garbage truck arrives instead, which they plan to place down the street as cover for their gunmen. preparations begin for their operation. handmade grenades, homemade bomb, highly volatile canisters full of fertilizer explosive. but the men still lack focus. shooting in the dark. later that night, we leave but they drive the truck down the street. at dawn, it's in place in their old position. overnight they've tried to gain
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the advantage by moving that truck about 100 feet down the street past their last position. but still these men who have been unable to advance over this incredibly small amount of terrain. the regime fires grenades, setting it alight. the rebels decide to fight back. this is an anti-aircraft gun. they seem to prefer noise to accuracy. they run forwards to fire a rocket-propelled grenade. there's too much smoke to know what they hit. more a game here than a fight to the death. but this is a city of millions torn apart by every pitched battle for every 100 feet. nick paton walsh, cnn, aleppo. >> and that is about as close to the front lines as you are likely ever to get. our thanks to the bravery of
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nick and his crew in the besieged syrian city of aleppo. an important reminder for you as you watch that kind of skirmishing and fighting, in the end, we have 20,000 people dead, 20,000 killed since the syrian civil war broke out 18 months ago.
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i want to bring you some breaking news about a very strange situation that developed in philadelphia, a flight that was on its way to dallas had to actually come back to philadelphia because there was a facebook post suggesting one of the passengers on that airbus 319 had explosives. so off he came. they clearly were concerned about this. they questioned him. he had no clue what this was about. and then on further investigation by the fbi, it was discovered that his friends and with friends like these, who needs enemies? had played a trick on him.
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they had posted that stupid message as a hoax. this is not cool. i think we all know you don't joke about explosives anywhere near or about aircraft that fly with passengers. and this passenger had 69 people on board. fbi says, we are probably likely to see some charges that come about because of this. but not from the passenger. he's free to go and all those passengers are cleared and that flight is cleared as well. but look out, jokesters, not a laughing matter. back out of the breaking news now, i don't know if you saw "mission impossible," tom cruise and dubai. do you know what an appeal this is for people who want a vacation? if you don't know much about this place, it is awesome. in fact, our cnn producer with cnn international is going to take us there today, just for --
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hillary clinton. she was 10,000 miles away in one of the furthest reaching areas of asia that you could get, east timor and she did watch it. look at that image. she has her hand collapsed to the heart watching her husband bill. this is thanks to a high-tech device sling box and i love it. jill dougherty is joining us from the state department. the way it happened is terrific, because she could not watch in real time, because she was in an important meeting with the head of state. >> yes, she was. and just to explain how that happened, you mentioned that she was in east timor and she had a meeting with the prime minister, and then she had a news conference, and actually as she was talking with the prime minister, that is when bill clinton began his speech, and then of course, it lasted for quite a while, so she went on over on the other side of the world to her news conference, and it ended about then. so she essentially missed it.
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so she went to the embassy to the ambassador's residence where he had a computer, and they had a computer, and it was hooked up to the sling box and hooked up to a tivo back in the united states, one of the aides had that back in the states, and 9,930 miles away. and she was able to almost without a glitch watch it there. she said it was great. but, ashleigh, she could not even if she had not been in asia, she was not supposed to be at that convention, and that is because there's federal law that doesn't allow senior executives, especially like the secretary of state to be at political conventions, and then also, there are state department ethics rules that prohibit that as well. so she did have a comment about it. she actual ly said, and we will play it in a second, she said she kind of knew what bill clinton was going to say. this is how she explained that. >> this is the first convention i have missed in many, many
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years. but on a personal level let me also say that my husband read parts of his speech to me over the last few days. i received the as prepared version which i'm anxious when i can to compare with the as delivered version [ laughter ] so, it's, it's a great honor for him to be nominating the president. and jill, one other thing that i was surprised that she didn't know that president obama was going to come out after her husband's speech. it was a surprise to her. >> exactly. and she really said, oh, my goodness, that is pretty wild. but i thought it was funny where she got into the as delivered, because as we know, and i covered president clinton one as we call it, and he was known as the person who didn't necessarily stick to the script,
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and probably improved it as he went on. >> oh, that is great. just a very cool nugget of history to learning that the law is the law, and i bet she didn't like it, but that is the way it s. jill dougherty, thank you very much. you probably noticed on the bottom of the screen this is the first convention she has missed since 1968. in the history books that is marred by the vietnam wars and marred by protests in the convention site in chicago. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. we've got a lot of empty cans. we believe small things can make a big difference.e,
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